President Trump Holds Coronavirus Task Force Briefing CSPAN March 23, 2020 6:11pm-8:02pm EDT
recovery of our economy and the well being of millions of canadians. we're going to continue to look very carefully at what could be next steps as we move forward. >> can you say what kind of enforcement measures at the national level. >> we haven't taken anything all the table from the emergency act to new measures or existing measures under the quarantine act. there are significant tools that at our disposal. we are impressing upon canadians to do this out of their own will, to understand. -- -- -- -- >> thank you very much. i see we have fewer people because of the virus problem. we appreciate you being here. this is getting to be more and more social distancing and
that's fine. it should be. it's too bad. we extend our best wishes to the person affected and we feel assure that he or she will be better very soon. thank you for being here america continues every segment of our society to turn the tide in the battle against the virus. i want americans to know that we'll get through this challenge. the hardship will end and it will end soon. normal life will return and our economy will rebound very strongly. right now in the midst of this great national trial, americans must remain united and purpose and focused on victory. to every single american, please know that the sacrifice you're making at this time is saving lives. many lives. it's very important that we totally protect our
asian-american community in the united states and around the world. they're amazing people and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way shape or form. they're working closely with us to get rid of it. we will prevail together. very important from the beginning, we have been working closely with our nation's best scientists and medical professionals and we will continue to do so until we have defeated the virus. our public health experts who are terrific are studying the variation and the decide across the country. we will be using data to recommend new protocols to allow local economies to cautiously resume their activity at the appropriate time. we also have a large team working on what the next step will be once the medicine gives the region, the okay, meaning the okay to get going, to get back. let's go to work.
our country wasn't built to be shutdown. this is not a country that was built for this. it was not built to be shut down. my administration continues to work with democrats and republicans to reach an agreement on an urgent relief bill for the millions of american workers and small businesses and large businesses that were badly affected by the medical difficulties that we've had. if you had a viable business in january, we are committed to ensuring the same is true coming weeks we want to make it better than before. we're doing things to help in that regard. america will again and soon be open for business very soon. lot sooner than three or four months somebody was suggesting. we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem. we're not going to let the cure be worse than the problem.
at the end of the 15 day period we'll make a decision which we we want to go and timing and essentially we're referring to the timing of the opening. opening of our country. we have it pretty well shut down in order to get rid of this invisible enemy. two weeks ago we moved record speed to pass paid sick leave and paid family medical leave and approve $8 billion including money for the development of treatments and vaccines. we're doing tremendous work on both fronts. vaccines are come along quickly. congress must demonstrate the same bipartisanship and join together to pass the senate bill that's written and avoid playing any more partisan games. you have to get together and stop with the partisan politics. i think that's happening. i got a call little while ago. i guess they're getting closer.
should go quickly. must go quickly. it's not really a choice. they have to make a deal. it should not be a time for film agendas but rather one for focusing solely on the needs of the american people. we are going to save american workers and we're going to save them quickly. we're going to save our great american companies both small and large. this was a medical problem. we are not going to let it turn into a long lasting financial problem. started out as a purely medical problem. it's not going to go beyond that. just not going thousand that -- allow that to happen. our country was at its strongest financial point. we never had an economy like few weeks ago and then it got hit with something nobody thought possible. we are fixing it.
we're fixing it quickly. i want to thank the american people for what they've been through and what they are doing. our country will be stronger than ever before. we fully anticipate that and won't be that long. let me provide you with an update on critical supplies. fema is distributing 8 million n95 masks across the country now. focusing on the areas with the greatest need we have shipped city pallets of equipment to new york city and 36 palettes to the state of washington. fema received donations of approximately 6.4 million masks. we're having millions and millions makes made as we speak. another personal protectively equipment which we will be distributing to medical hot spots, we're focused on some of the hot spots. across the nation, we're seeing
outpouring of creativity and innovative ideas widely shared between the federal health leaders and governors and mayors. the scientific community and members of the private sector really working together. everybody is working together. i'm pleased to report that clinical trials in new york will begin existing for existing drugs that may prove effective against the virus. at my direction, the federal government is working to help obtain large quantities of the medicine. you can look from any standpoint tomorrow in new york. we think tomorrow pretty early. the hydroxy colorquinn and z-pac. it's a combination probably is looking very good. it's going to be distributeed.
we got 10,000 units going. it will be distributed tomorrow. it will be available and is now they already have it. they will distribute it tomorrow morning to lot of people in new york city and new york. we're studying it closely. you probably saw couple of articles today came out where a gentleman they thought he was not going to make it. he said good-bye to his family. they had given him the drug little while before. he thought it was over. his family thought he was going to die. a number of hours later, he woke up, felt good and he woke up again and he felt really good. he's in good shape. he's very happy for this particular drug that we got approved in record-setting time. never been anything even close to it. i want to thank the fda which has been incredible and dr.
dr. hahn they're doing everything possible to produce production and others that are coming. couple of others are under study. the one that i'm very excited about is one we just mentioned. i think there's a real chance. we don't know. there's a real chance that it could have a tremendous impact. it would be a gift from god if that worked. it would be a big game changer. we'll see. distribution starts tomorrow morning early in new york. i think lot of people are going to be, hopefully they'll be very happy with the result. we all going to be watching closely. it's something we have to try. it's been very successful with malaria. very successful. countries with malaria have had
an interesting thing happen. they take this particular drug. it's a very powerful drug. there's very little semblance of the virus in those countries. there are those that say because this drug is very prevalent because of the malaria. we'll see what happens. i'm also announcing that we're postponing the deadline for compliance with real i.d. requirements. at on time when we're asking americans to maintain social distancing. we want to require people to go with their local dmv. we will be announcing the new deadline very soon. it's going to be announced in a short moment. overnight, we successfully brought home 103 american citizens after they have been stranded for 10 days in brazil following a cruise. we want to thank the brazilian government and their great president. most of those returned were
senior citizens. my administration in cooperation with governor greg abbott of texas and private sector coordinated safe return to the unite. so thank-- united states.thank you to governor abbott. earlier today i signed an executive order invoking presidential order of section 4512 of the defense production act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical equipment and supplies, such as hand sanitizer, face masks and personal protective equipment. we have lot of face masks and lot of equipment coming in. we have some people hoarding and attorney general barr will be speaking about that in a second. we want to prevent price gouging and critical health and medical resources are going to be protected in every form under this directive, the secretary of health and human services authorized, designate essential
health and medical supplies a scarce. designate certain fly supplies and medical elements as scarce. it will be a crime to stockpile these items in excessive quantities which is happening to a relatively small degree. nevertheless it's happening. we can't let it happen. we can't let them resell them at excessive prices. which some people are doing. very simply we will not allow anyone to exploit the suffering of american citizens for their own profit. we'll be watching that with our great attorney general very closely. the department of justice will be aggressively prosecuting fraudulent schemes related to the pandemic. yesterday federal prosecutors took action in their first case, shutting down a website selling a totally fake vaccine. as president,ly fight to protect
americans from being exploited. thankfully all throughout the country, we're witnessing extraordinary acts of compassion construction companies are donating masks by the hundreds of thousands manufacturing workers are transforming their assembly lines. citizens are volunteering to deliver food and medicine to the elderly. we truly seeing america at its best. we're seeing things that people never thought even could happen. the way most americans are working toward, getting it solved and doing what they have to do, to make this go away, has been incredible. it's been incredible. i want to take a moment to thank the everyday hero who are making our vast effort against the virus possible. thank you to the healthcare workers and the first responders, these are very brave people. thanks also to the hard working men and women of federal
express, ups, united states postal service and the truckers who are maintaining our supply chains and supply lines. we thank you very much. great job. we also want to give our regard and thanks to everyone at our grocery stores working the night shift so that shelves can be restocked and the restaurant workers and delivery drivers keeping our families fed. so many of these restaurants is incredible. they're doing service where people come and they pick it up, delivery. it's been incredible what they've been doing. i want top thank the american people for rising to the challenge and showing incredible courage. determination, patience, grace and grit from new york to seattle and every why in
between. your acts of selflessness and sacrifice and ingenuity are powerful testament to the american character. it's really being shown. it's showing up at a level that people are really respecting all over the world. the world has problems. we're 148 countries -- 148 countries are affected by the invisible scourge. all of the uplifting reflections of the american spirit are out there for everyone to see. together we will care for our fellow citizens and we will win this war. we'll win it much sooner than people think. we'll be back in business as a country pretty soon. you'll be hearing about that also pretty soon. now i like to ask attorney general bill barr to say a few word and we'll take questions in a little while.
thank you. >> let me start by thanking you mr. president, mr. vice president for your decisive leadership in this unprecedented battle to save american lives. department of justice we're working hard to protect the health and safety of our personnel while at the same time keeping our enforcement efforts at full throttle. i like to thank all of my colleagues and law enforcement. not just those at the federal level but of all our state and local partners. the police officers, sheriff's deputies who are serving their communities. often at great risk to themselves. lay like to do here is start with a few remarks about the order that the president mentioned to ensure the
availability of critical medical and health supplies supplies from hoarding and price gouging. on march 18th, the president issued executive order 13909 invoking defense production act with respect to the health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of covid-19 including ppe and ventilators. we have started to see some evidence of potential hoarding and price gouging. earlier today, the president signed a second executive order providing the authority to address if it becomes necessary hoarding that threatens the supply of those necessary health and medical resources. under section 102 of the defense production act, the president is authorized to prohibit the hoarding of needed resources by designating those materials as scarce or material who supply
will be threatened by persons accumulating success of a mac. once materials are designated, personspersonspersons are prohibiting from accumulating those items of reasonable personal or business needs or for the purpose of selling them in excess of prevailing market prices. it is a crime to engage in prohibited activity. today's executive order, the president is delegating to the secretary of hhs this authority by designating these critical items. department of justice is working with hhs to identify cases where hoarding may be impeding the supply of health and medical resources needed to respond to the covid-19 pandemic.
today, we convened our first task force meeting national task force that will be working on these supply chain issues and specifically on the problem of hoarding and price gouging. we are deads naturing in each of our 93 united states attorney's offices a lead prosecutor who will be responsible in that district for pursuing these cases. i want to say that we have not waited for this order to be signed. as we have received evidence recently, we have already initiated investigations of activities that are disrupting the supply chain and suggestive of hoarding. i want to stress that we're not talking about consumers or businesses stockpiling supplies for their own operations. we're talking about people hoarding these goods and materials on an industrial scale for the purpose of manipulating
the market and ultimately driving windfall profits. if you have big supply of toilet paper in your house. this is not something you have to worry about. if you are sitting on an warehouse with masks surgical masks, you will be hearing a knock on your door. with that mr. president, i turn it back to you. >> thank you mr. vice president. to start, i want to thank all the minister of health around the world who have been sending us their data despite the fight that they're in themselves. particularly our european colleagues. when in the midst of level of fight, many of the european countries are following morality data that will give you the best
insight now on how the epidemic is proceeding in these countries. they really can't be testing at the level to really understand the depth and breath of their new cases. in the morality data that had been provided to us there has been no child under 15 that has succumbed to the virus in europe. there was one 14-year-old in china. we still see that there's less severity in children. that should be reassuring to the moms and dads out there. to generation c and to my millennial colleagues, less than 1% of all the moralities is less than 50. this is also a very important point that doesn't mean that individuals won't have severe disease. still 99% of all the morality coming out of europe in general is over 50 and preexisting conditions. the preexisting condition piece still holds in italy with a
majority of the morality having three or more preexisting conditions. i think this is reassuring to all of us but it doesn't change the need to continue to protect the elderly. in order to protect the elderly we need to do the president's directives and guidance for the next week of the 15-day challenge. finally i wanted to really close by thanking the laboratory personnel that have been at the front line. 250,000 tests have been run in the last seven days. this happened because these large commercial laboratories are doing around the clock run. remember all of them are being exposed to the virus in the same way. tirelessly they have worked on and on to get those results available. they are still getting more tests than they can run per day. that's because we're primarily expanded into what we call the roche high throughput.
those results have been getting to the clients and we've asked them to prioritize hospitalized patients. there was a break through today. you'll see this from the fda for all of us waiting for self-swabbing options. those are going to be available at some time this week to be able to individuals do their own tests. that said, remember these platforms are keeping up with those who need to be diagnosed in the hospitals and all those who come to the emergency room quite ill. that will be critical that if you don't need a test, if it doesn't change your clinical course, do not come in to be tested. that morality data that i gave you should be very reassuring to all of you. finally, to conclude, new york city. the new york metro area of new jersey, new york city and parts of long island, have an attack rate close to 1 in a thousand.
this is five times what the other areas are seeing. through that high throughput lab investigations we're finding that 28% of the submitted specimens are positive from that area. where it's less than 8% in the rest of the country. to all of my friends and colleagues in new york, this is the group that needs to absolutely social distance and self-isolate at this time. >> thank you mr. president. the white house coronavirus task force met today but we also convened. the president' direction, conference call with nation's governor. we focused on mitigation, testing and supplies.
we discussed the president's recent approval of disaster declaration for washington and california and new york. we also assured governors who submitted major disaster declarations that we will be reviewing them in expeditious manner to een sure the full resources federal government are brought to bear. president wanted us to make it clear that the federal government will do whatever it takes to support an effort that is locally executed state managed and federally supported. we reiterated to our governors today. listen to them about their specific needs and frankly, made it clear to them that while the president has published coronavirus.gov, 15 days to slow the spread for every american and millions of americans are addressing these common sense guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the days
ahead. we made it clear to the governors this administration fully supports decisions that governors are making in communities, satans that are particularly impacted bysatans that --states that are impact the by the coronavirus. we spoke to the governors about the importance of the legislation that is currently negotiated on capitol hill. ask them to encourage members of the house and the senate to move very quickly. the bill that is currently being negotiated the president said he believes will be resolved soon. we're encouraged by it. will speed direct payments to family. average family of four will receive 3000-dollar. there will be payroll subsidies for small businesses around america to keep people on payroll. unemployment insurance benefits, assistance to hospitals and major industries and we continue
to urge the congress to act and ask the governors to engage their delegation. on testing we reiterated our thanks to states around the country that are rapidly expanding testing at drive-thru sites and at community sites. as dr. birx just reflected because of the unprecedented public and private partnership that the president initiated with our commercial lab, we stand here today with 313,000 tests have been been completed with the test results delivered to americans. still somewhat more than 41,000 have contracted coronavirus. but the state-run effort is continuing to receive the full support of our team at fema and at the u.s. public health service we're deploying
personnel and resources. testing is expanding around the country by the hour. dr. birx mentioned the fda has been in the process of reviewing invasive methods of testing. president and i reflected on the fact that we have been tested and we've been working with the fda to make it possible for self-directed nasal swabs. where individuals could at the end of their nasal passage collect a sample. i'm please to report that self-collected swabs can be collected in clinics and drive-thru testing sites. it will expedite the testing process. it will reduce risk of healthcare providers and for exposure to the coronavirus and it will minimize the drain on personal protective equipment with the current test that goes pretty significantly up the nasal passage, people have to wear gear and change out the
gear. this new self-administered test, will not require the drain on personal protective equipment. it's all part of our effort as admiral will discuss. to meet the supply needs but to meet them with efforts that conservation as well. on the subject of testing, it's important to remember as the old book said, it is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. if you don't have symptoms, you don't need to get a coronavirus test. we encourage every american to adhere to that so that the testing resources are available for people that are systematic. we will be issuing today from health and human services, new guidance to direct all commercial labs to prioritize testing for hospitalized
patients. that guidance is going out tonight. we reminded the governors today that all state laboratories, all hospital laboratories are now required by law to report the results of coronavirus tests to the cdc. on the subject of supplies in our meeting today at fema, we received a report of the new supply chain stabilization task force, rear admiral john is leading that up at fema. the target force is -- task force is working to identify the medical supplies that exist to evaluate the national stockpile and working with industries around the country to produce even more of the critical medical supplies. as president said, businesses across america are stepping up. maybe as never before in our history. 3m has diverted 500,000n95 masks from commercial customers. they are delivered today to new
york and seattle. facebook donated their emergency reserve over 700,000n 700,000n95 masks. we're also seeing companies step forward to repurpose their manufacturing facilities to create ventilators to create equipment and i know i speak for the president when i say how grateful and proud we are. we discussed with the governors real breakthrough on the availability of ventilators called on governor to survey outpatient surgical centers. surgical ventilators anesthesiologist use because of an fda decision, rendered this last weekend. those can be converted now to ventilators that can be used for people struggling with save
illness from the coronavirus. we called on our governors and conversations with state leaders to survey all of their surgical centers and hospital operating rooms to identify that equipment and with the new fda guidelines, they'll believe able to convert those -- to help meet the needs of ventilators across the country. we're now eight days in the president's 15 days to slow the spread. the american people are rising to the challenge. we're doing this. in the days that remain between now and the end of the 15 days, we're going to need every american take this seriously. listen to your state and local health authorities. where may be additional stronger guidance in areas where the coronavirus spread has been more severe. for every american know that part that you do and your family does that you do in your community, to put boo practice these principles of social, distancing using a drive-thru at the local restaurant will make an enormous difference in
lowering the trajectory of the coronavirus spreading across our country. it's going to take all of us. with the ongoing cooperation of the american people with compassion, with the ingenuity of american industry with dedicated leadership at the state and federal level, i know that we can slow the spread. we can protect our most vulnerable and we will heal our land. >> thank you mr. vice president. i'm the supply chain task ford lead at fema. my task is to increase the supply of critical, medical supplies which include personal protectively equipment and ventilators. i want to take a few moments to explain the organization that we've stood up this week, last few days and our approach.
we have a chart behind me. i have a two focus leads. one or personal protective equipment, medical supplies and focus lead on ventilators. operating under four lines of effort, first line of effort you see is preservation leaders tonight talked about that. ability to make our stuff last longer. acceleration, we have a team of people that are searching the globe for personal protective equipment. we have line of effort called reallocation. we're working with our industry partners to imlume nature illuminate the supply chain. nobody has one sight picture for that supply chain. we've brought our industry
partners in. we're weaverring weaving that together to understand where it is and where it needs to go. we have a line called expansion. you heard some of that today. if those that are wanted to convert plans, those that want to get into the business, we have the tools to help them do that. to.two focus areas now ppe and ventilators working the problem of the task to get more here. thank you very much. >> if i could today across 100 for the first time. in morning your suburban surgeon general
said this will be bad. >> if you look at other countries what they've been through and look at the numbers compare them to yours which is much larger country than most the numbers are pretty amazing. it started with the fact that we stopped people from coming in from a highly affected area. infected area. it was a good thing to do. it's bad and it's going to obviously the numbers are going to increase with time and they will start to decrease and we're going to be opening our country up for business because our was meant to be open and working with others. especially for our workers and
the engine for that whole system is we have to have companies and these companies are loved by our workers because they're paying big salaries and big dollars to our workers. we're going to get it going again very sooner. >> i'm trying to reconcile you said things will be very bad. you want to get the country up and running as quickly as possible. i guess my question is within a week dr. birx and dr. fauci chell you we -- telling you we need to continue these measures. >> we'll see what happens. i understand the question very well. it's a great question. we can do two things at one time. i will say this, our country learned a lot. we learned about social distancing.
we've learned about the hands. we learned about staying away at least during the time that this is even a little bit around this disease or whatever you want to call it, many different names. but the virus while it's around. we can start thinking about it as an example, parts of our country are very lightly affected. very small numbers and you look at great governor, of nebraska. you look at kind of numbers they have out there. they have one of the great hospitals there too relative to what we're talking about. you look at nebraska, idaho iowa and i can name many countries that are handling it very well and that are not affected to the same extent or not nearly to the extent of new
york. which is really i'm dealing with governor cuomo and we're dealing very well together. we'll be sending that ship up. we have a ship going to los angeles. we'll be -- the ship is coming out of very large repair. ready to go, very soon will be. over the next three or four weeks, we'll go to new york harbor and it will be supplied. they're working on that now. >> maybe dr. birx can speak to this. we might have a situation where we can say there's a few hot spots -- >> i said soon. i said it's going to be soon it's not going to be three or four months as some people were saying. i would certainly let you know. >> are you worried it doesn't have the effects -- [indiscernible] >> two important issues. one i think you all know a lot of our tests have had to go to
hospitals at this time so we can diagnose people who are at risk to give them options to get these new therapeutic options. none of these options are available if you don't know your diagnosis. we've been very much focused on that. thermo fisher, the new platform that is point of care but slower. you got a match the throughput, the need what kind of equipment you have. now that we have all those platforms moving simultaneously we can go back to doing case finding and surveillance in the areas that have the lowest numbers and doing mitigation more aggressively in the places that have higher numbers. we went out with a blunt force. we have to be honest. we had to do that because we weren't sure where the virus was and where it is going. i think over this week, we're concentrated on figuring out
where the virus is and making projections about where it's going and the impact of our mitigation pieces. learned this in tackling epidemics around the world. you have to focus the resources and the intervention and the structural prevention interventions in the area where the virus is circulating. otherwise people never understand why you're doing this. it has to be tailored geographically and tailored by age group to understanding who's at the greatest risks and understanding how to protect them. >> there's data showing three months that he won't need broad guidelines. >> the only data that we all have, i think you know what it is, the two areas that have moved through their curve is china and south korea. those are the two countries that we're learning from. those were 8 to 10 week curve.
each state and each hot spot in the united states is going to be its own curve because the feeds came in different times. washington state is on their curve. they're about two weeks ahead of new york. each of these have to be done in a very granular way to understand where we are. it's the charge of the president has given us is to use all of our data analytics and all our data inputs to really define those issues about where the virus is, where is it going and what predictions we can make about where we are in that bell shaped comfortable. >> i will say we're going to be watching our senior citizens very closely. we're going to be watching certain hot spots like new york and within new york, you have areas which are troubling. we'll be working with the governor and the mayor and everybody else on those spots. but at the same time, at a certain point, we have to get open and we have to get moving.
we don't want to lose these companies and workers. weapon want de -- we'll be doing something quickly. we've learned a lot during this period. this was a very necessary period. tremendous information was gained. we can do two things at one time. again, i say, we have a very active flu season, more active than most. it's looking like it's heading to 50,000 or more deaths, not cases, 50,000 deaths which is a lot. you look at automobile accidents, which are far greater than any numbers we're talking about. that doesn't mean we're gong to tell everybody no more driving of cars. we have to do things to get our country open. but this has been an incredible period of learning. we'll have announcements over the next fairly short period as to the timing. >> i want to ask about
guidelines on testing. senator rand paul tested positive for coronavirus. he was not in contact with anybody who was known positive. he didn't have any major symptoms. under your guidelines the guidelines outlined here, he would not have gotten the test. he got one anyway. if he hadn't gone into defiance of the guideline and got tested, he might be still showing up to the senate and infecting the whole senate. >> that's why this was important. that's why this recommendation to the american people was important. we have been saying that there's a level of asystematic or mild spread. that's why each person has to be responsible. each person has to be responsible in the way they decrease their interaction with each other.
6 feet. also assuming that everyone that you're interacting with could be positive. that get into the hand washing piece and that get into the other piece we talked about is surfaces. until we figure out the respiratory transmission versus the surface transmission and hard surface transmission, not fabric, will be really critical. that is a way the virus could spread on subways metros where people would be holding on to things that other people have recently held on to. that's the real question. >> if we can keep with the example of rand paul. there are other people in similar situations. if he hadn't gotten that test, he would still be showing up to the senate everyday to his place of work. >> if he was following these guidelines, he wouldn't been infecting others because of the social distancing, washing your hands, doing everything that we talked about. we talked about how people make
choices because of their jobs that they have to come in. you'll notice i was not here over the week. i think this is a part that we need to take personal responsibility for. saturday i had little low-grade fever. actually probably g.i. thing. i'm meticulous. i'm a physician. i looked it up. i ended up piggy banking from walter reid. i got a test late saturday night and i'm negative. i stayed home another day just to make sure. that's how we protect one another. unless everybody is taking their temperature everyday we can't say that he had no symptoms. these are the kinds of things that we have to do for one another. this is the personal responsibility that i'm talking about that we all have to practice. >> mr. president when you say
cure to be worse than the problem itself. are you saying if we kept these measures that we're doing now in place for a couple of months >> months -- >> they will be in place. i'm looking at months. i can tell you now. we're going to be opening up our country. we'll be watching certain areas. we'll be practicing everything that debra is referring to here. we'll be watching this closely. can't keep it closed for the next -- for years. this is going to away. we're going to win the battle. we also have -- you have tremendous responsibility. we have jobs. we have people get tremendous anxiety and depression and you have suicides over things like this when you have terrible economies. you have death probably,
definitely in far greater numbers than the numbers we're talking about with regard to the virus. we have an obligation. we have a double obligation. we have a great country. there's no country like it in the world. there's no economy like in the worm. we were just blazing. we were coming out with numbers that some numbers weren't reported. i got numbers about myself that were meaningless because by the time numbers came in it was a different world. we can do both things. we can do them both at the same time. it's okay. what we have gotten through is tremendous learning process. we both also solved lot of problems. we gone through a tremendous learning situation. we're building hospitals in new york. we're building hospitals in california. we're building hospitals in the state of washington. we've been in touch with the governor. today i spoke with a man that i
happen to like. i spoke with phil, of new jersey. we're going to be doing something very meaningful in new jersey. we're doing something i spoke j.b. pritzker, we'll be helping them out in illinois. we're doing lot of things in florida. we're doing lot of things between fema and the army corps of engineers and the admiral and the group in term of purchasing. he's going to do a fantastic job. we have an incredibly talented group of people. we'll be doing two things and three things at one time. well at the same time, though, we'll be watching very closely. the hot spots. we'll be taking care and watching closely our senior citizens especially those with problem or illness. we'll be watching them very closely. we can do that and have an open economy, have an open country.
we have to do that because that causes other problems. maybe it causes much bigger problems than the problem we're talking about now. >> mr. president following up on that same topic on your tweet do you think that the cure so far has been worse than the problem? >> i think the cure has been very tough. this has been a very tough. this is an operation. this was somebody going to a doctor and saying, you need an operation and we've had an operation, we've learned a lot. we fixed lot of problems. one of the things we fixed if you look at the system that this administration inherited. it wasn't meant for this. it was meant for a small group of people and even for that, it was not very good and very obsolete. we have a testing program that will be used in the future. i don't think you'll have another event like this. this is very unique. you look back into time, you look back decade and decades, we
can name them all, if you go back 10 years. you go back to 2009 but that wasn't like this as it turned out. they lost lot of people. we were early because of the fact we closed early. that was a big move. >> you said previously, from this podium, virus could still be with us through july or august. by suggesting now that government might change these standards or these recommendations. >> it's not change. we're doing things -- this was a learning experience for the people of the country. >> wondering if the july or august time changed? >> we learned so much discipline now. never ever said don't shake hands. i did before i came a
politician. it's hard getting used to not doing it. you do it with everybody. it's literally thousands of people a week you're shaking hands with big group of people. there's a lot of -- we've learned a lot. there's a great discipline this whole country learned having to do with distancing, having to do with shaking hands. lot of it's going to say long after the virus is gone, i think it's probably good practice. i think it will stay long after the virus is gone. we have to open our country because that causes problems that in my opinion consider far -- can be far bigger problems. this is a medical, severe medical situation that could cause problems far beyond the medical then increase the medical problems this things that had nothing to do with this original medical problem. we can't will the that happen to our country. we have the greatest country in the world. i'm not going to let that happen.
this two weeks we have spent has been an incredible learning period and process. >> you said it's likely will be weeks not months for you to easing the guidelines. have you any of the doctor on your team told you that's the right path to pursue? >> we spoke to him today. i was telling them that we have two things to look forward. don't forgets the doctors they hay say, let's keep it shut down. let's shut down the entire world. again you're up to 150 countries. let's shut down the entire world and when we shut it down let keep it shut for couple of years. we can't do that. with you can't do that with a country. especially number one economy in the world by far. number one economy in the world. there's bigger problems than the original. that's why i talk about the cure being worse than the problem. we can't have the cure be worse than the problem. what we have done -- this is not retracing.
we've done it really well. there's two week period has been good. i'm not saying it ends at that time. we have another seven days or so. i'm not saying it ends at that time. it's been like this incredible learning process. that's going to go into the future. that's going to go even as we open up our country. we're going to be watching new york, california, watching state of washington and other places, illinois becoming a hot spot. we can do both. we may quarantining many people in these areas. there are other areas aren't affected. why would we close down 1 behind% of the country. there are areas in new york where new york is open. remember this new york has the new york new york stock exchange. it has nasdaq and the exchanges
to close the new york stock close the new york stock exchange and nasdaq and all with all the great work they are doing. they've gone largely to computer up. we'll be setting guidelines and we'll be announcing them. >> any of the doctors on your team endorse it? >> we talked together. i think they're okay with it. i'm okay with it. this could be a much bigger problem. this could create a much bigger problem than the problem that you start off with.
other nations have to do what they will do. they'll probably do some things very similar. in our case, much more so than anyone else because of the magnitude of our economy, the tremendous size of what we've built and what we have and the jobs involved. you have 160 almost 160 million jobs in this country now. most ever by far. the number of jobs, almost 160 million. we can't turn that off and think it's going to be wonderful. there will be tremendous repercussions. there will be tremendous death from that. you're talking about death. probably more death from that than anything that we're talking about with respect to the virus. >> it's more deaths if we continue with the strict guidelines than if we ease them? >> no, we'll do them both. we have an announced it yet. we're getting close to coming up with a date. it's a much shorter period of time than i've been hearing it news report. i think everybody should be
happy with that. great knowledge was gained. >> i have two questions for you. my second one on what your economic advisor larry kudlow said today. he said there's difficult tradeoffs. he was talking about how you said, it shouldn't be worse than the problem and roping the -- reopening the businesses. >> it's true. i didn't hear him say that. if he said difficult tradeoffs. it's less econvenient before you walk and you hop in the subway and i grab the handle and go down to wherever you going on wall street. you do all sort of things and you go and into the exchanges, now you're not going to have to think about doing that. you will think about doing it different way. there are many tradeoffs. it's a different life. maybe it will remain that way
after the scourge is gone. there are tradeoff. we'll end up being bigger, better and stronger. we have learned a lot. >> we're seeing an increase in cases in latin america. are you considering a new round of travel bans? >> no. we're not really. something like that could happen, i guess. we're not really. they thought we would have bans within the united states. we're not going to have that. hopefully that will take care of itself. in latin america, there's been uptick. >> what prompt you to say at the beginning of your comments that you're going to take care of the asian-americans. there's been something in particular? >> yes it seems there could be a little bit of nasty language
toward the asian-americans in our country. i don't like that at all. these are incredible people. they love our country. i'm not going to let it happen. i wanted to make that point. they're blaming china. they are making statements to great american citizens that happen to be of asian heritage. i'm not going to let that happen. >> most schools across the country are closed. two states no are closed for the rest of the school year. how parents to go back to work and educate their children? >> the governors of the various states will have lot of leeway. if we open up, when we open up the governors in certain states, for instance you go to some of the states just mentioned. those schools will be open. many cases they're open now. but the schools will be open. in other cases governor cuomo
gavin newsom of california, certain governors will have a decision to make. they'll keep them closed. they're going to have leeway. we're giving the governors leeway. >> do you agree with the decision close it several months out? governors saying they're expecting it to peak. >> the governors will be up to the governors. >> can you explain why $2 trillion economic stimulus is needed if you going to reopen the country? >> because the virus has had a big impact on our country. we're going to give a stimulus so that the workers can live their life. it was not their fault. we are going to give a kick. this way, we think the workers can get a fair start. the small businesses, we want to
take care of the small businesses. they really are the engine of this country. lot of people don't know that. everyone thinks of these great big beautiful businesses. who by the way, have been very badly hurt also. but the small businesses have really historically been the engine. they still are the engine of the country. the workers love those businesses and the workers contact us and they want us to help those businesses because that's where they've made their living. that's where they've been paid lot of money over the years. you seen where salaries and wages gone up substantially for those workers. we got caught by this sudden craziness coming into our country and coming all over the world. we need to make sure that the companies are strong and the workers are strong. that's what we're doing. hopefully, the republicans and democrats will make a deal. they're fairly close.
we'll see what happens. [indiscernible] >> companies have been shattered. you have to save various -- you know lot of the other companies. we have a company that was i think the greatest company in the world, name the boeing. boeing is going to need some help. boeing difficulty before. we had other companies that didn't have a problem coming in. boeing had the obvious problem that everybody know about from little more than a year ago. double problem and it was a big one and then on top of it, as they're getting ready to really show their stuff on top of it, we all get hit by this. obviously, the airlines are going to have a problem. the airlines aren't going to be buying from boeing or from anybody else now because of this difficulty. we have to work with the airlines. we have to work with the cruise lines, we have to work with the companies like boeing because
boeing is a potentially again great company. had very huff period rough period of 13 months. horrible period, unbelievable period. to me it was truly one of the great. one the truly great probably almost one point of gdp. it's hard to be that a company could have that kind of impact. boeing we have to work with it. for two reasons, it's a great company that we have to save. it produces unbelievable numbers of jobs. the numbers have to be reflecteddive of that kind -- reflective of that thing. we have wonderful people behind us that are working very hard. we want bill to get back to the department of justice. we want admiral to start doing his job and the same thing with deborah i'll ask nike stay mike stay
around. >> we keen you talking about geographic slopes. the curve will be changing. you said that 20% numbers coming out of new york gives indication we don't know when to use your metaphor will plant. how confident are you on the start date of each geographic areas? >> that's a very good question. what we do know is that now we can backtrack from people who get seriously ill to when they probably got infected. this is when they were exposed. when you start backing attache of those pieces, you know that it virus is probably been there for three to four weeks substantially circulating within the population. that's what we're looking for. as all of our testing is improved and we want to applaud the group who worked on it, if you look at the pandemic flu
preparedness, all of this was built on a flu platform. it was never thought that you'd a simultaneous respiratory disease hitting exactly the same time as your flu hits in the country. when you're doing all of your flu surveillance, you can hide small caseses of pneumonia and flu like illnesses. when we get through this, we'll be looking at the pandemic preparedness plan. we know washington state is a little bit ahead of new york because of the hospitalization record. what we will get to as a country with the testing that will be available, being ail to able to do what the president talked. simultaneously doing
containment contract tracing at the same time you're gong mitigation. right now we put everything into mitigation. if we geographically get specific data by zip codes and counties, we'll be able to approach this in a laser focused way. making sure that what we're doing in each of those areas is absolutely appropriate for where they are in their own little bell shaped curve. >> when will the government have antibiotics test? >> several of them have come to the fda. i believe. obviously that's something i'm very interested in for two reasons. one, it will give us a a retrospective.
those can become our solution for those in need. and the making of hyperimmune. knowing who they are becomes really critical. i think we're still couple of weeks out. i have to go back and talk to the fda where each of these are. this is what saved us when you do flu swabs and stress throat swabs. where you do hiv test. these are the kinds of tests that are critical in the future. one other thing, you see lot of numbers out there about 70% of the population is going to get infected or 60% of the population based on the models. understand that the way you get to that number, is you do nothing and it goes through three cycles. they're talking about this cycle that we're currently in. another cycle in 2021 and a third cycle in 2021 and 2022.
you know we'll have vaccine by the 2021 and 2022 season. the reason we're so much focused on blunting the curve for this piece is if the virus comes back we'll have much more facility both for diagnosis testing, antibiotics, treatment and then the vaccine. >> question about the blood tests. when will those be fda approved and when they will be widely available? >> that's what she was just asking about. these idm both point of care. i can tell you, it will be no problem making it today. then you're drawing blood you're processed blood. weapon want a finger predict where you can just put a fingerprint on.
>> how long is that approved? >> i can't answer because you have to look where each of the companies are that are in the development processes. >> sound like a while then >> there are some that are developed now that they were using in singapore. we're looking at those to see how those work. we're very quality oriented. we want to make sure we don't give people false negatives or false positive. >> we have lot of very angry media all around this room. they want one of these sites. because of social distancing we're keeping them empty. they are keeping them empty. will there ever been a time when those angry people who don't like me much, will there everren a time when the seats are full to the brim where people are almost sitting on each other's
lap. thisnow they're outside wanting to get in. they're jealous all of these reporters. will we ever have that again? is that something -- it will look like forever? >> we're learning lot about social distancing and respiratory diseases. it's what you're talking about changing our whole behavior pattern of what we touch and constant of that. i remember when i was worried saturday morning, i was trike to think, what all did i touch on friday. did i do this or do that. i think this awareness that we all now have that we didn't before where we would have pushed through that door because we were in a hurry. i think all of us think twice. all of you think twice. >> when the virus is gone, will the people be allowed to sit
next to each other again in your opinion? in a tight room? >> i don't know. you have to look and see if we have a new respiratory piece. >> i'm wondering if you can comment on the new measures that britain has put in place. also germany said doesn't want to have crowds in less than two people except for families. which is a pretty restricted number. does that inform your thinking as you are coming up with this advice for in the next period for the president and vice president. >> the president and vice president asked us to look at every single scenario in every single country. the more data that we have, the more our decisions can be completely data informed. we're interested right now -- italy obviously waited until
about march 7th the virus have been circulating for almost four weeks before actually going into that methodology. first time their morality rate starting to decline. those are kind of data we're looking at carefully. as well as very careful data within the united states. exactly where the virus is what's the attack rate, has it moved out of more confined geography and really looking at each of those pieces of information. it's a lot of data to go through through. [indiscernible] >> i think if you remember just a week ago, britain had very different approach. everybody is adapting to their data. i haven't looked at the data to form that decision. i can't comment how they got to that decision there in germany. >> just to be clear, do you
agree with the president request to reopen the country. he said i think they're okay with it. are you okay with that? >> what the president asked us to do is assemble all the data and give him our best medical recommendation based on all the data. that's what he's ask us to do. that's we'll be doing this week. we are going to have to do it this week because we had to make a decision come monday about the 15 days to reduce essential social spread. this is consistent with our mandate to use every piece of information that we can in order to give the president our opinion back up by data. not our perception but our opinion that's backed up by data. >> you think could in a week? what would your assessment be now? >> we're pulling all the data pieces in now. i will never speculate on data. i will have to see the data in
order to really understand it. >> morality rate, we're talking about the morality rate, when we first started, people were thinking about three or four percent. now we're talking about much lower number than that. i think i.t. a it's a number that will be lot different. >> the morality rate is driven almost exclusively as we have talked about by people with preexisting conditions and older. from the very beginning, that was our emphasis. we started two or three agos talking to one another. our focus is how to protect those with preexisting conditions and the elderly. i think these steps it were about preexisting conditions. the whole key to changing the morality rate is not just the hospital care but preventing them from going into the hospital to begin with because you don't want them to be infect
infected. >> much lower than we originally thought. frankly. it's a lot lower. >> estimate wuhan originally. it was over 3%. when they look outside wuhan, it was about .7%. it depends very much in south korea, it was about .7% or .8%. i don't want -- that's like tyranny of averages. that's probably missing 50% or 60% of the data because no one was testing asystematic. we're making case fatality rates when we're missing a significant part of the data. if anything it will go lower. that shroud not be reassuring because the death rates escalate with age and preexisting
conditions. it maybe very low if under 40 or very lower under 50 or 70 there's an inflection curve the average age of the person dying in italy is in the mid-80's. there's a significant issue in our older generation that we feel strongly about protecting. >> it's an incredible subject. when somebody is very sick they go to a hospital. they are recorded and they are sick. they live, or don't live. see what happens. when somebody isn't very sick at all. i heard people didn't know they had it and i heard people had a cold or running noses or people that stay home they think they have the flu or they have a really bad case of the flu. all of those people that vast majority of -- beyond vast majority of people, they're not reporting. they're not calling the doctor. they're not calling them. they're getting better. >> you would think have to be.
the people that are sick are going to a doctor or they're going some place. they will say, make me better. the people that are just short of that and people that -- many people where they literally don't know that they have it. now you building up the number of cases that we're talking about before and yet you don't know how many there are. it could be a vast number. all the people that are really sick are going to a doctor in some form. the doctors are reporting it. >> that's question about the antibiotic question is critical. that will give us a much better baseline >> you talked about -- you talked higher deaths. are you talking about suicides? >> i'm talking about many forms. >> is it risk of depression?
>> number one, it's the country itself. you're talking about tremendous disruption economically. you're talking about massive depression massive number of suicide. i'm not talking about economic. we're talking about people suffering massive depression. they had a fantastic job and now they have no idea what's going on. here's the good news, if they get the bill passed, we're taking care of those people. beyond what any country has done for people. there's never been anything like this. i'm talking about where people suffer massive depression, where people commit suicide. where tremendous death happens. in addition to that, we're talking about economic where you really hurt a country that can take years and years to recover. the longer you stay out, the harder it is to recover. i happen to think they call it
the v. i think you'll have a very big bounceback. i like to be able to bounce back to where we were and ultimately i think we're going to further than that. i'm saying, what's happening when i say the cure and the cure can be worse than the problem itself. that's what we can't let that happen. we've learned so much and so many good things will happen for our country. we can't let this continue to go on. what we're doing is we're meeting with the doctors. dr. fauci, dr. birx and others. we're already started the discussion. i can say that i'm a student like you're students we're all
learning this together. i learned a lot from deborah and tony and learned a lot from lot of people. this has been their life work. i learned a lot. we're going to come up with a date and we're going to do two things. we can do two things at one time. at the same time, we'll be vigilant. we'll be so vigilant in terms all of the things that we have to do that we've been talking about for the last two weeks. i think it's going to be far better solution for our country. >> [inaudible]. >> thank you deborah. >> one more question. they won't let you go. >> thank you. >> there's one week left to go in the 15 days to slow the spread. doesn't talk of reopening the government quickly undermine that?
why would anyone today go with social distance? >> we enforce it. people know that we're considering and understand the impact that the good work that they have done. it reinforces them to do good work for the next whatever it is days and weeks. it says to them, we're looking very carefully of the impact that the work that you did, the selflessness that you brought to this. the ability to stay home with your fabulous children. your ability to social distance. the ability to give up ongoing to restaurants and just having takeout. all of those sacrifices, the ability of you're protecting elder generation. the greatest generation in making sure they are safe in nursing homes. all of us have made sacrifice. i haven't seen my grandchildren in three weeks. i know other people are like that. they have made those personal sacrifices. what we're asking every american
to do is to to the make those personal sacrifices for these next week and now so we can evaluate the impact of that sacrifice. >> thank you. >> mr. president. -- >> one second please. >> one thing that will be helpful is to open back up the exchange so people worried about getting treatment can sign up for insurance now. even though the open enrollment period is closed. >> it is something we're talking to lot of people about. we'll see what happens. [indiscernible] >> we have a test.
>> we had a long talk. he understands. there's a tremendous cause to our country both this terms of lives and in terms of economics and in terms of many years of rebuilding something that we'll fine tune machine. it was nobody fault. it just happen. this horrible virus came from wherever and it just happened. he's a good man. i like dr. fauci a lot. he's not here because we weren't discussing what he's best at. he'll be back up very soon. we'll be discussing this. we are talking about -- i don't want to use the word abbreviated. so much has been gained. we're talking about not during the period. during the 14 or 15 days.
but not too long after that. it's going to make lot of people happy and make lot of workers happy. >> when you take dr. fauci's recommendation on this or you thinking he's just looking -- >> i would certainly, he's very important to me. i will be listening to him. i'll be listening to deborah. i'll be listening to other experts. we have lot of people that are very good at this. ultimately, it's a balancing act. you know, the expression we can do two things at one time. we've got an incredible country. we have to keep it that way. that includes not just economics that also includes life and death. we have to keep it that way. >> you talk about social distancing amongst us reporters. you mention the one of our own came down. even if someone does come down,
would you pledge to the american people that you'll keep this room open? we're 6 feet apart. >> well, i gotten to like this room. this room is very convenient. from being president of the united states, this has been a convenient room. you people have set up. i never thought of closing until you asking me question. can you give me a good reason to close it? i don't want to make commitments. it's not something i thought about. there are certain people that would like to see larger room built. we need a larger room. there are some people. it's not something that is really on my mind to be honest with you. >> quarantine, we know it's going to be brutal. who are you listening to? what is the brain trust to help get us through that period? also has your opinion -- >> which period.
>> second quarter. morgan stanley, goldman sachs they're predicting pretty dire 2nd quarter. who are you listening to? >> i think we're listening to many people. that was my world. i know many of those people. i have many people friends of mine and enemies. i like those people. they are tough and smart. i listen to many of them. they all go into that computer, i say this is what we're going to do. i have to make a decision. this is a very important man, right here to my right. great vice president because he's got great instinct about thinks -- things too. he's headed up the task force brilliantly. he's done a job. not only he's been good, he's been soothing and great for the american public to watch. i mean that in the most positive
way. he's been soothes and good for the american people. i think he's done an incredible job. his advice is very important to me. he's going to be making -- he didn't come from that world. the world of finance. he understands the world of finance. he was a great governor in indiana. they did very well financially too. >> [inaudible]. >> i can give you a whole list. we'll probably set up committees. i rather not give you one. i have spoken to so many people. >> are you happy with the fed now he's turned on the spicket? >> i really think he's caught up. he's done the right thing. i think ultimately, we will be rewarded because of the decision he made over the last -- he's really stepped up over the last week. i called him today. i said jerome, good job. little bit slower than i would
have liked in the sense what he was doing. other people might have liked it. but today, you called up jerome pell, i said, jerome, you're done a really good job. i was proud of him. that took courage. ultimately you will see the -- he's not finished. he's got other arrows in the quiver. he's got men 2 plenty of arrows. >> you said that you bring secretary of education here yesterday or today. why isn't she here today? yesterday, you said you had guidance for us on people who have been exposed to the virus and returning to work sooner. >> thank you for the question. i spoke to the secretary of education today. we're going to have her at the podium very soon. department of education has created a very easy waiver
application for every state. it's virtually an automatic application for states that want to be excused from national standardized testing requirements. we reviewed that with all of the governors today. also, what's called distance learning the accreditation process for higher education the secretary of education has loosened rules around distance learning. putting it in practice. we've allowed for that. but also the department of education is setting up a website and best practices information for k through 12 distance learning. she told me that the state of florida and new hampshire really setting the pace on distance learning for k12. my wife is an elementary school teacher. obviously there's different challenges for distance learning
for k12 students particularly younger kids. but the department of education is determined to continue to make these best practices available. we talked about the website that's being built and she'll be coming and making the presentation on that. as the president reflected little bit ago we incidence there's lot of kid out of school. parents are anxious. lot of kid out of college and university. like my daughter, who's been dismissed from what remains of this semester of grad school still doing the work and the department of education working to make that a reality. >> will see her this week? >> yes. given the issues that we were dealing with today with the attorney general, we thought it might be just as timely in a few days. with regard to the guidance that you asked about the president's
coronavirus task force is in the process of reviewing recommendations from cdc we're working with the department of homeland security. we'll be bringing those the president as recommendations of approval. we're specifically looking at people that work in critical infrastructure. people in law enforcement. people in critical transportation is. you can go to department of homeland security website of definition of critical infrastructure. if you look at the second page of 15 days to slow the spread, you'll see the president's recommendation 15 days is for people to stay home from work whenever possible. except for people working in critical infrastructure. the guidance that we're looking forward to unpacking is how people who may have come into contact with someone that test positive for coronavirus, would be able to if they have no symptoms, would be able to
return to work or wear a mask for a certain period of time or otherwise go back to business. it's a focus on critical infrastructure jobs. we should have that guidance before the president and before the public tomorrow. >> mr. president, -- >> i want to say, china has very much stepped up as you probably know the agricultural purchases from our farmers and some other purchases too. they have a difficult time also right now. they very much stepped up their purchases and significantly. we're very happy. that. other thing, i'm standing here with our vice president, trying to let you ask anything you want. having to do with the subject, which frankly is pretty much all that. i think it's very important. i don't want to stand here for two hours and do this. i think it's important that i
call it get it out of your system. give us any question about it. i think it's important for the public to know. we don't want to answer two questions. weapon want to answer your questions. i think it gives our country confidence and it gives -- we're all gaining now. unbelievable process. i want to stay here. sometimes here here for two hour. at least you'll say i'm transparent. we take a lot of questions from you, unfortunately some of them are repetitive. some of them are fantastic questions. some of these questions are great. some of the questions lead to us solving a problem. you bring up problems that people didn't know existed. i want to let you know, so we can be transparent so we can get everything out. >> mr. president, are you
coordinating an direct response with the leaders? >> yes. we had couple of great talks. i spoken a number of them individually. we're very closely aligned. >> vice president pence, we talking about self-swab tests. when will they be available? do you know which day and where they are going? >> the fda just announced that decision. my understanding they'll be going directly to mark. i'll have a good estimate for you on timeline. what the president is charged us to do at the task force is to promote as much creativity and as much innovation as possible and frankly dr. hahn, at the fda, done a remarkable job going
through the preview for these new methodologies. we reflected about the fact that we're pretty sure we set a record. i think it was 62 days to be in the phase one clinical trials of a vaccine. it's in clinical trials today. this new approval from a study done by united health group and the gates group means that now self-collected nasal swabs would become available. we'll be working with you fema with governors around the country to make sure distribute those methods as well as the swabs or any other supporting material and get those into this vast array of labs that are stood up around the country. >> that will make a big difference. that's a process that's easy as opened to -- opposed to the current
pros. process. >> if we get to next week, you're deciding what to do with the guidelines, will you follow the advice of dr. birx and dr. fauci? >> i certainly listen to them. i listen to a number of people. i have lot of respect for dr. fauci and dr. birx. i'll be listening to them and others that we have are doing a good job. >> are you worried that if you do this too quickly, if you lift these restrictions too quickly the virus will start spreading? how can you be sure that won't happen? >> we have systems in place. we have two very powerful things we have to take into consideration. as i said, one of things that has really gotten me thinking about this, i'm looking at what's going on.
life is fragile. economies is fragile. one of the things is the morality rate. when we first started n nobody knew anything about this particular virus. very little. we started -- we were hearing numbers of 5%. that's an astronomical number. 5% would be an astronomical number. now we're seeing numbers maybe less than one. that's not including the exercise that i just went through where many people don't report. everybody getting very sick is reporting. nobody getting not very sick and that should be part of that equation. that's just keeps reducing the numbers. the morality rate that's a big factor. when we were hearing three and four percent we had one day where it was 5% and we're lot of bad numbers from countries.
i do wish our relationships very good with china. i wish they could have told us about this sooner. their morality rate is a big thing for me. i think we're very substantially under 1%. it's still terrible. the whole concept of death is terrible. that's something that we're learning now. i think the number maybe lower than people think because of what i've been saying. [indiscernible] -- >> i thought we had a deal last night. democrats changed the deal. we had deal last night. that was going to be phenomenal for the workers. which is my number one thing. i want to take care of the workers. we had a deal. i was pretty sure we had a deal last night. if you would have told me at a certain time like about 9:00, i
would have told you, we pretty much have a deal. then it changed. it changed rapidly. it would have been bad for our country. they were asking for things that would have not been good, things that bore no relationship what we're talking about. that's not the game. we can't play that game. democrats do want to make a deal. jeff, i thought we had a deal last night. >> if you come further in the process and decide that further stimulus is needed, will you able to work with speaker pelosi on that? >> i'll work with anybody to help the american people. i will. i don't care who it is. i work with anybody. ifty feel i'm going -- if i feel like i will help the american people and american worker. >> mr. president, some states reporting shortage of materials needed to process the test. what the administration doing to get all the materials they need? >> you just saw the fema people
and saw army corps of engineers. we're building hospitals in new york and california, state of washington and new jersey. just made a commitment to phil that we'll help him out with some of the areas in new jersey. which is very important. great state. we're doing a great job. with that help of the governors. governor on the front line. they can do some of themselves. governor cuomo he's been working very hard. we homeworked with me on the hospitals and medical centers. it's not just hospitals. it's medical centers we're building for new york. we have it all laid out. we have other locations throughout the state. i think it's really a great plan. we're going toffee ma and -- to have
fema and the army corps of engineers. we're building up 150 miles of wall on our southern border. which is turning out to be even more important than we originally thought. i'm working with the army corps of engineers. i see what they do and how they do it. it used to be my business. i know it very well. they are really good. you will see lot of good things happening in many states. beyond the states that i just mentioned. many states we're working with governor ron desantis in florida. we're working with governor mcmaster in south carolina where they have little bit of breakout. not by comparison but little bit. we're working with many governors in many states. actually states where you almost would think that they have is under pretty good control. they're done great job. we're working with many states. that's primarily fema and the army corps of engineers. >> back to the stimulus, you
mentioned there's some things last night that was bad for the country that the democrats bringing in the stimulus conversation. what provisions would you absolutely not support in this plan now? >> lot of the provisions that they wanted like stock buybacks, i agree with that. that's good with me. i don't like them buying back stocks. i like them spending money on airplanes and on their employees and real business. not buying back stock. i don't know face masks -- if that provision will be put in. i'm all for it. many republicans are for it. many democrats are for it. it's not a problem for me. i can tell you that. >> how much you want cash released for americans? what numbers would you like to see? >> the numbers they're talking about now is at least $3000 for
family of four. which is bold. if this continued we have to build this up and if this continued we'll do something else and more later date. that's a big number. if you remember, they were talking about $500 and $600 and we are all for that. it's $3000 for a family of four. >> when you looking at economic headlines, i'm wondering one the things you're concerned about is the strength of the dollar. if there's something we should do to address that? >> we have a very strong dollar. strong dollar is good in many ways. it's also tough in many ways. makes it trade much harder. it makes it much harder for caterpillar tractor and other companies to sell their goods to europe or china. having a strong dollar is good. it really sounds good but the truth is, it makes certain things like trade much tougher.
our dollars has been very strong, especially against other currencies. very strong. which again, makes that trading more difficult. there's something nice about having a strong dollar. no matter what. i'm president, it's nice to have a strong dollar. it does make trading more difficult. >> just to go back, you're confident you're going to do a deal? >> i think the democrats want a deal. we want a deal. it will be very foolish if they didn't make a deal. the american public is demanding it. the republicans want to make a deal. we want to make a deal that's good for the workers good for the country. i really believe that the democrats want to make a deal. they have to stop asking for things that bare no relationship to what we're talking about. they are not good for the country. >> you mentioned governor cuomo you mentioned others. if you get this stimulus bill, i wonder if you extend this bipartisan good will to speaker
pelosi and invite her here for a signing ceremony? >> we'll see what happens. right now we don't have a deal. when i left, we're trying to answer every question. be nice if you just exhaust it and say that's it. those hands up, maybe one of those questions is great and unique. i want what's good for the country. if that means meeting, i think that's great. i want blast good for the country, great for the country and great for the citizens of the united states. it's been little while. >> both you and the vice president have been tested for virus and mrs. pence. has the first lady been tested? >> yes. >> and? >> she's great. she's fine. >> negative? >> negative. >> who's holding treasury
accountable for this $500 billion corporate rescue fund? >> we need to help all these companies that have a chance not to be companies. deals will be made. we're talking to certain people. some of the greatest people in the history of wall street frankly. where when they do a deal, we'll have stock for america. we'll take back stock for the united states. at the same time most important, we'll keep those companies healthy. we can also make incredible deals for the country. so that number will increase exponentially. >> lack of oversight, unilateral authority to dole out this money. >> i'll be the oversight. we're going to make good deals. these companies need it. even if it's just a simple loan, we can do better. companies are willing to do better than that. they got hit.
most of these companies it was through no fought of -- fault of their own. these companies are through no fault of therapy own, they have difficulties. two week ago, these companiers were among the most solid institutions in the world. you want to buy the bonds their bonds were rated triple-a or whatever the highest rating is toe. now all of a sudden, they have difficulty because they've been closed up. you need something to keep them going. that money is not going to be wasted money. that money is seen. we could multiply that number by many times coming back to the american public. it's going to keep these great engines of jobs and ingenuity going. very important. >> are you regret the way you
handled the crises so far? >> i don't think so. i'm looking forward. i don't look back. we all regret things. i look to look forward. i'm a person that looks forward-thinker. i think that we've handled it really well. it seems to be the american public thinks that we've handled it well. if you look at polling data. i'm not interested in myself. i'm interested in the american people. we have to get this going. we have millions and millions of jobs that were solid as a rock three weeks ago. and today, there could be questions. the faster we get it going, the more likely it is those stores, big businesses, open up. we're going to go very fast. i believe this is a pint up demand. it's going to be pretty soon. it's going to be sooner than
people would think. we're in position to take care of our country but at the same time, to have i think as soon as we say let's go and it's going to be pretty soon. it's going to be pretty soon. it's going to be sooner than people would think. again, we're in a position to take care of our country but at the same time to have the country really, really go up like a rocketship economically and that's great for jobs, great for everything. >> i'd like to ask a question for a colleague who can't be in the room because of social distancing about florida. he wanted to ask if governor desantis should have closed the beaches? he's done a lot of things right. he cares so much about healthcare.
he cares so much about the cost of prescription drugs. he's been a fantastic governor for florida. they're very happy with him. the whole concept of the beach it's very interesting issue. there are a lot of open spaces that includes parks and other things. but rather than relying on social distancing, they're probably going to do that one a different way. i would imagine when we make our decision things like that would be opened up and then people will remember what they're supposed to be doing. i want to thank very much and we'll see you tomorrow some time. we'll get this going i think really well. thank you very much, appreciate it. [captions performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] announcer: follow the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak at c-span.org/coronavirus. watch congress, white house briefings and updates from
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